Beauty care for cancer patientscancer lifestyle, Featured Article — By nygal on May 2, 2010 at 6:22 am
Cancer patients are being offered a range of free beauty treatments under a deal between a hospital and a college.
People having treatment at North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre in Denbighshire can have two evening sessions with beauty therapy students.
The pampering at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru’s Rhos-on-Sea campus includes make-up lessons, facials and pedicures.
The beauty salon is hosting six patients on alternate Tuesday evenings over the next six months.
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru is developing a £3.6m Institute of Health & Social Care offering vocational training in the health and care sectors.
Beauty therapy students at the college visited the cancer centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, to promote the pampering evenings.
‘Feel good factor’
The treatments they provided in the centre’s reception area included massages and file and polishes.
Maggie Griffiths, director of health well-being at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, said the aim was to “break down boundaries between beauty therapy and care”.
She said: “We’re expecting there to be more demand that we can meet.”
The cancer centre’s leader, chemotherapy nurse Pat Pilkington said: “Having cancer treatment can affect a person’s whole body image and many patients suffer from low self-esteem during treatment.
“Pampering has been proven to help a person’s psychological well-being and encourage the feel-good factor of patients with cancer”.
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